Author profile: Peter Vale

Peter Vale is Director of the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study & Professor of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg. He is also Nelson Mandela Professor of Politics Emeritus, Rhodes University. He is the curator of the E-IR blog Thoughts from the Global Periphery.

IR and the Global South: final confessions of a schizophrenic teacher

Peter Vale • Oct 30 2009 • Articles
As I’ve hacked my way through the thicket of the Great Debates these thirty-odd years past, I’ve increasingly wondered what my students must have made of my passion for ideas which appear at odds with the lives they lead – even, indeed, the countries they have come to know.

Re-discovering Kwame Nkrumah

Peter Vale • Sep 28 2009 • Articles
The recent centenary of the birth of Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana, passed without murmur in this little corner of the continent. Why this happened has both puzzled and, yes, hurt me a little.

Cartoons and International Relations

Peter Vale • Jul 15 2009 • Articles
Perhaps the energetic young folk running this interesting website might run more IR cartoons and, who knows, the ISA or BISA might invite cartoonists to talk on their takes on our world.

Understanding the fall of the wall and other time tales

Peter Vale • Jun 1 2009 • Articles
The 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall offers has understandably generated a number of opportunities to look backwards to what happened, and to ask why it was that IR specialists seemed unable to see what was coming.

South Africa’s general election: ‘win-win’ or still a worry?

Peter Vale • Apr 28 2009 • Articles
South Africa's general election which was held on April 22 has yielded the proverbial 'win-win' situation for all the participants except the tiny parties, who failed to impress voters and whose futures now hang in the balance. Although this outcome-and the peaceful and well-organised poll-augur well for democracy in the former apartheid state, many still believe that the country's fifteen year-old democracy may be in peril.

Migration and State-making: Explaining Xenophobia in South Africa

Peter Vale • Jul 23 2008 • Articles
What has become of the idea of the Rainbow Nation, the triumphant trope broadcast by the irrepressible Nobel Laureate, Desmond Tutu, and in which all the country’s people, under Nelson Mandela, rejoiced?

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